Spotlight on Placement Student Tom


My name is Tom, and I’ve just come to the end of a placement with Face Front and their InterAction group. Although as the group reminded me on the last day, once you’re part of Face Front, you’re always part of the group).

I’m currently studying a master’s in applied Theatre at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Now I know all of you fo course know what applied theatre is (don’t worry, me neither) but just as a reminder, it’s all about using the arts in community settings (just like Face Front!). Recently, I’ve been interested in the potential of theatre that is both intergenerational and fully inclusive, so imagine my delight when I discovered there was a group doing just that out in Ponders End (in Enfield – the site of the first ATM don’t you know!).

I’ve had the absolute pleasure of working with the group as they get ready for an R&D showing of a piece about legacies and what we hope to leave behind (more to come in 2025!). I would help provide creative support for the group and help individuals with access support. I got the chance to lead games with the group, and I even managed to land a role in the show!

Over the course of my time with the group, I’ve learnt so much about inclusive theatre practice. I’ve got to see first-hand how bringing together different generations through the arts can really build and strengthen a community. I won’t forget all that I’ve learnt on this placement, and I hope to use this experience to develop and explore inclusive theatre practice. But above all, I won’t forget the brilliant people I’ve had the honour of sharing time (and many a cup of tea) with.

Thank you to Ray and everyone at Face Front, and particularly everyone at InterAction, for letting me be part of the family. I’m sure I’ll see you all again soon, till next time!